Obama Skips the Trump Jabs in Return to Public Eye

Instead, he gives young people a pep talk

Last Updated: April 24, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

Former President Barack Obama refrained from jabs at his successor, Donald Trump, in his first public remarks post-presidency on Monday when speaking to young leaders at the University of Chicago.

Obama instead said the most important thing he can do now is to “prepare the next generation of leadership.” Obama was in good spirits, joking about his age and laughing with many of the young speakers.

“This community taught me that ordinary people, when working together, can do extraordinary things,” Obama said during his opening remarks. “This community taught me that everybody has a story to tell that is important.”

Obama has spent three months on vacation since Trump’s Inauguration Day and has started working on a memoir.

He also spent time on Monday discussing social media’s role in politics while refraining from specifically mentioning Trump despite his regular use of Twitter.

“We’ve become a more individualistic society,” Obama said. “I think a lot of us who have been in politics for a while do see a change from 20 years ago, certainly 30 years ago, where it used to be everyone kind of had the same information.”

Obama continued: “If this generation is getting all their information through their phones, then you really don’t have to confront different opinions.”

Meanwhile, Trump took to Twitter to bash Obamacare while the former president was discussing how smart phones have created an individualistic society.

Political Twitter also quickly expressed feelings on Obama’s return to the public eye:

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